Nemesia (Nemesia)

Nemesia is a genus of about 70 species of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs in the family Scrophulariaceae, native to southern Africa. The most popular species are Nemesia strumosa, Nemesia caerulea and Nemesia fruticans.
Nemesia has lance-shaped, sometimes toothed leaves and pretty little flowers that bloom in a wide range of colors. Nemesia charms everyone with its colorful and long-lasting flowers! Some varieties are sweetly scented and quite beautiful. These plants can be used as edging plants, ground covers or hanging basket plants.

Name meaning:

The genus name comes from the Greek word “nemesion”, the name for a similar plant.

Nemesia symbolism:

Nemesia is a symbol of friendship.

Interesting facts about Nemesia:

Similar Genera and Families

At a distance, Nemesia looks like Lobelia erinus, commonly called Edging Lobelia, while up close it looks like Orchid.
Nemesia fruticans resembles species in the genus Antirrhinum (Snapdragon), with two lips and a spur.

Benefits and Uses

Many species have been developed for ornamental purposes.

Plant Type:

Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs


These flowers come in shades of blue, purple, red, pink, orange, mauve, yellow, cream and white.